JENNÈS Graduation Cohort Two


One hundred and twenty-nine (129) Saint Lucians received their certificates at a graduation ceremony held on Thursday, October 27, at the Pastoral Centre, in Marisule, Gros Islet.

The various guests and graduating participants pose together.

The graduates participated in JENNÈS' Vocational and Business Incubator programmes, both of which are funded by the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

The graduation ceremony was the culmination of months of professional training for the entrepreneurs facilitated by Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC). Seventy-three (73) graduates completed the Jennès Vocational Skills Training Programme, while fifty-six (56) did the Business Incubator for Start-up Enterprises Programme.

Graduates who received certificates for the Youth and Women’s Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion Programme did either of three courses: Digital and Creative Entrepreneurship, Early Childhood Development, and Heath Aide. Special awards were also presented to students who performed exceptionally. Recipients of the Top Achiever Trophy were as follows;

JENNÈS Participants at the Graduation Ceremony.
JENNÈS Participants.

In his remarks, His Excellency Peter Chia-yen Chen, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, congratulated the graduates for their hard work, and encouraged them to make the most of what they learned for the betterment of their communities;

Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy once said the following: ‘We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.’ What Kennedy was basically saying is that while we have time, we must make the most practical use of it. Over the past few months, graduates, you have done just that. You’ve made the best use of your time to turn yourself more professionally into entrepreneurs. We could not be more proud of you, so you deserve a big round of applause.

H.E. Peter Chia-yen Chen, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia

In her opening remarks, Dr. Merle St. Clair-Auguste, Acting Principal of SALCC, congratulated the graduates for persevering despite facing many challenges along the way. She urged them to use their knowledge gained to make a meaningful contribution to society.

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You are well on your way to contributing meaningfully to your country, to your community,” she told the graduates. “You are using your talents, skills, creativity, and experience to work and share with your friends, family and us to improve all of our lives.

Dr. Merle St. Clair-Auguste, Acting Principal of The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College

Ms. Esther Rigobert, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, was also one of the speakers at the graduation. She urged the graduates to challenge themselves by always striving for excellence.

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You all have achieved something significant. You are all dreamers. It started with an idea and you dared to dream. You desired to enhance your skills and abilities, to develop your product concepts, to seek the support of the Government and other stakeholders, and to participate more meaningfully in our nation’s development.

Ms. Esther Rigobert, Permanent Secretary, Office of The Prime Minister

Other special guests at the graduation ceremony included Dr. Pauline Antoine-Prospere, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training; Mr. Elsi Lafeuille, Director for Commerce and Industry; and Mr. Ajani Lebourne, Guest Speaker — Youth Leader, Training and Development Professional.

More About Our Programmes

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Business Coaching

Built upon round-table discussions and presentations by industry experts in various business-related areas, the Coaching programme aims to provide business-owners with the mentorship and counselling needed to hone their entrepreneurial skills.

Digital and Creative Entrepreneurship

This programme is designed to provide participants with functional knowledge and skills in Graphic Design, Audio-Visual Production, Social Media and Web Applications and Digital Marketing.

Hospitality Studies

The programme engenders highly skilled and socially productive members of the hospitality community through a blended teaching and learning approach, focused on industry trends, best practices and innovation.

Business Incubator For Start-up Entrepreneurs

This programme targets young entrepreneurs. The seminars and workshops take place in blocks and are structured to continuously build the knowledge repertoire of participants so that they are fully equipped to handle entrepreneurial projects.

Digital Literacy For Professionals

Digital literacy teaches participants to function effectively in today’s online world. Individuals will learn know how to access, use and create information, as well as communicate and collaborate effectively within digital contexts.

Early childhood Development Aide

This programme provides entry level qualification to those currently working, or wishing to work, within the Early Childhood sector. The programme comprises of courses in Child Development and Care; Procedures and Regulations of the Early Childhood Sector; and Nutrition in the Early Childhood Years.

Health Aide Studies

This course is designed to prepare learners for employment as Health Aides, or Orderlies in various settings in the health care delivery system.